Question 19/GED Reading Practice Test

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Read the following passage about the American Revolution, then answer the question that follows.


“The English lost, but it took seven years and a world war to beat them. The effects of the military struggle thus had time to make themselves felt in every corner of the colonies (or states, as they soon began to call themselves). Soldiers, sailors, members of Congress, farmers, town-dwellers, men, women and children, all experienced the war, whether as a bloody struggle on their doorsteps, or as a terrible inflation which upset all the familiar patterns of trade, or as a general scarcity of goods (which was fine for those who produced them, and especially for the farmers who grew the goods the armies needed), or, most of all, as a revolution: an overturning of all the old political ways and means. War hurried on the change and in many cases determined its direction. It could not have done this if victory had come to either side as promptly as was hoped at Philadelphia and Westminster…” (173).
Brogan, Hugh. Longman History of the United States of America. New York: Logman, 1986. Print.

19. If victory in the colonies had not taken so long, what might have been the outcome?

A. Change would have taken longer.
B. The colonists would not have been as united through the war effort.
C. The English would have won
D. Both A. and B.

If you missed this question, you should study the concept of making inferences. Making an inference is your ability to read between the lines. An inference is based on the information provided in the text plus what you have learned about the real world.